Softball Begins Six-Game Homestand with St. Mary's
April 5, 1999
Wednesday, April 7 St. Mary's 2:00 p.m. Levine-Fricke Field Saturday, April 10 Oregon 1:00 p.m. Levine-Fricke Field Sunday, April 11 Oregon State 1:00 p.m. Levine-Fricke FieldThis Week in Cal Softball
After playing 31 of their first 37 games away from home, including the last 14 straight, the 14th-ranked Golden Bears return to Levine-Fricke Field this week for three doubleheaders. In fact, 14 of Cal's next 18 games are scheduled to be played in Berkeley, where the team is 6-0 this season. The Bears begin the week with their final non-conference home games of the year when they host St. Mary's. Cal last faced the Gaels early in the 1997 season and swept a doubleheader, 3-0 and 8-0. The Bears own a 25-0 series lead. Cal then returns to Pac-10 action when the Bears host No. 13 Oregon and No. 12 Oregon State over the weekend. The Ducks took two from the Beavers (6-5, 1-0) last week. Oregon comes in with a 29-10 record (4-2 Pac-10), while OSU, which visits Stanford Saturday, is 27-12 (2-4).
Head Coach Diane Ninemire
Diane Ninemire, the winningest softball coach in Golden Bear history, is in her 11th year as head coach at Cal with a school and career record of 471-261. The 1991 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, she has led Cal to 10 NCAA Tournament berths and a pair of College World Series appearances (1992, '96). Ninemire is assisted by John Reeves, who is in his sixth season, and Teri Johnson, who is in her first.
Bears Break Through, Win First Pac-10 Game over Stanford
The Cal softball team had to be wondering if it could win a Pac-10 game this year. The Bears lost their first three games to a pair of Top 5 teams (UCLA, Washington) by a total of four runs, including one game that went eight innings. Then they fell in their doubleheader opener at No. 9 Stanford last Saturday, 5-0. Finally, Cal broke through with a 4-3 victory over the Cardinal in the nightcap. Senior C Megumi Takasaki and senior DP Holly Yost had two RBI each in the win to back the pitching of freshman Jocelyn Forest.
Bowie Goes from Basketball to Softball with Little Trouble
Sophomore left fielder Paige Bowie missed the first 19 games of the softball season while completing her commitment to the Cal women's basketball team. She joined the softball squad one day after the basketball season ended, flying down to meet her softball teammates for a doubleheader at Cal Poly March 7. And after leading the basketball squad in scoring with 11.9 ppg, Bowie has taken over the top spot in softball with a .418 batting average (23-55) with two doubles and two triples. She has also moved into the leadoff spot in the order after hitting in the No. 6 position most of last year. As a freshman, Bowie was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick after batting .290 with two homers and 20 RBI.
Iancin Hits for Both Power and Average in '99
Junior 2B Lisa Iancin has been known as a strong hitter and steady fielder throughout her Cal career. She entered her junior season this spring with a career .316 average and completed the Pac-10 schedule last year without committing an error in the field. This season, she has added power to those numbers. Through 37 games, Iancin his batting .345 with a team-leading nine doubles, four home runs and 25 RBI - all career highs. She had 3 home runs all of last year and a total of 4 in her first two seasons with the Bears. Iancin's other previous bests were a .323 average in 1998, 7 doubles in '98 and 22 RBI in '97.
Sophomore P Nicole DiSalvio has already tossed two no-hitters (vs. San Jose State Feb. 3 and vs. Georgia Feb. 14) and nearly had a third at Hawaii March 19 when she did not give up a base hit until there was one out in the seventh inning DiSalvio, OF Pauline Dueas, 2B Lisa Iancin and OF Paige Bowie were named to the all-tournament team at the Hawaii Invitational Cal has won two in-season tournaments this year - the National Invitational Softball Tournament in Sunnyvale and the Hawaii Invitational Sophomore OF Amber Phillips has picked up her power numbers this year with five triples and three home runs; last year, she did not hit a homer and had only one triple freshman P Jocelyn Forest is averaging 7.94 strikeouts per seven innings with 110 Ks in 97.0 innings pitched senior 1B Kirsten Drake (.404 BA, 2 HR, 11 RBI) has been out the last four weeks with a sprained knee, but could return to action this week Cal's three pitchers - DiSalvio, Forest and senior Holly Yost - have combined for a 1.14 team ERA and 18 shutouts and are limiting opponents to a .192 batting average Cal won 10 consecutive games from Feb. 28 through March 12 all eight teams in the Pac-10 that play softball are ranked in the nation's Top 14; Cal rankings by week in the NFCA/USA Today poll: preseason (unranked), March 3 (20), March 10 (16), March 17 (14), March 24 (13), March 31 (14) 3B Candace Harper is the only freshman to start in the field on a regular basis (31 starts) and she has responded by batting .330 with a homer and 13 RBI.